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Lockwood de Forest


Centurion, 1879–1932

Born 8 June 1850 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 3 April 1932 in Santa Barbara, California

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Sanford R. Gifford and James A. Roosevelt

Elected 1 February 1879 at age twenty-eight

Archivist’s Note: Son of H. G. De Forest; brother of Henry W. de Forest and Robert W. de Forest; brother-in-law of Peter Kemble; cousin of George B. de Forest, James Couper Lord, Daniel D. Lord, George de Forest Lord, and L. DeF. Woodruff; father of Alfred V. de Forest; uncle of Johnston de Forest

Century Memorial

The life interest of Lockwood de Forest was divided between landscape painting and wood-carving; he is best known for the second. Asiatic artistry of the kind had for him a particular fascination; his exhibits, notably of Indian wood-work, excited world-wide discussion. Half a century ago, he took up his interesting task of establishing in India workshops for the revival of the native wood-carving art, and his achievements as student and collector won formal recognition from the world’s greatest international expositions of the period.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1933 Century Association Yearbook